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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Palladium on 1971-08-06

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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Palladium on 1971-08-06

Topics Live concert

Bertha, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Mr. Charlie, Cumberland Blues, Brokedown Palace, Me And Bobby McGee, Hard To Handle, Casey Jones Saint Stephen, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle-> The Other One, Deal, Sugar Magnolia, Morning Dew, Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hollywood Palladium
Location Hollywood, CA

Source Audience - Sony ECM-22P's
Lineage Sony ECM-22P mics > Sony 770 reel > Fostex D5 > SB Live Digi I/O > Cool Edit Pro > SHN
Taped by Rob Bertrando
Transferred by Ben Kasper


1/4 track 7.5 ips. 40-50 feet back, dead center.

- 2 seconds of static during tuning.
- Weather Report Suite tease at the end.


Reviewer: RZangpo2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2017
Subject: Runs fast
This tape runs about a quarter-tone fast, as others have noted (see below). This can be corrected in software by slowing it down 50 cents or 97.15%.
Reviewer: BobbyC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2016
Subject: one of the two best AUDs
I have always loved the Port Chester/Capitol Theater show--set two--from June 1970, both the music and the crowd insanity and the one guy who keeps getting his face stolen. Now this show is an apples and oranges comparison but equally the best. Amazing playing, amazing AUD recording, great crowd. Hard to Handle, MAMU and the Other One are tops.
Reviewer: psunniekans - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2016
Subject: One of the best
This is one of the best live recordings from that era. That is the ultimate Pigpen on "Mr. Charlie". I first heard this rendition of "Brokedown Palace" a few days after the passing of a close friend and I cried like a champ!
Reviewer: Xun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2016
Subject: Little bit of Love
Fun Show with lots of little nuggets for ya listening pleasure.

Great Vibe from the crowed, which added to the great vibe from the band. Worth you time give it a listen.

Lots of great moments which have been highlighted below in the other comments. Enjoy...
Reviewer: Electric Gecko Nightmare - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2016
Subject: Thank you Bobby...
...For telling the taper how to get a better sound on his recording! This sounds is excellent for an audience tape!

Solid 1st set. Jerry just won't let up in Hard to Handle, and the audience is really worked up.

The Other One -> Me & My Uncle -> Other One is really something. Very dark and wild TOO, and the jam coming out of Me & My Uncle is beautiful. Drums are on point throughout, and Bobby manages not to flub any lyrics.

Lovelight ends as a barnburner, with Pig screaming his lungs out!
Reviewer: folded shirts - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2016
Subject: awesome AUD recording + hard to handle
anyone else here that annoying "woo!"-ing at the end of hard to handle going into the beginning of casey jones? Don't get me wrong; love the energy... just sounds like someone had a little too much of something that night
Reviewer: DustTizzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2015
Subject: Never been a fan of AUDs but this....
This AUD is great IMO
Reviewer: kneadles1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2015
Subject: Evan Hunt and the 7 bazillion Stars

All I can say after this is WHOO HOO!!!!!

Evan, why not 7 bazillion stars?
Reviewer: Jania - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2015
Subject: Suprerfluous Review / Couldn't Resist
Thanks to the dozens of previous reviewers. Scroll down to the bottom and "Heap" nailed it back in 2004. I have never heard a better audience recording and the audience noise actually enhances my enjoyment. I've been listening to many Dead shows lately and enjoying the many soundboards available on Concert Vault and others. But this performance just seemed to explode relative to the many other excellent shows I've been listening to. I am not a big Pigpen fan but "Too Hard to Handle" is a great version and I can't think of any other song that equals Jerry's guitar passion on this track. Thanks to the band and to the inspired taper who managed to get this fantastic recording.
Reviewer: Markymark_in_Utah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2015
Subject: Superb AUD of a Superb Show!
I was fortunate to get the soundboard of this show before it was too late.... but this AUD is outstanding, and has just the right amount of crowd noise for my liking.

Absolutely my favorite show of all time. I love their sound in this year, and this show in particular, and recordings of this quality, from that era, are rare.

IMO, the Bobby Mc Gee is the best I've heard. Bobby's vocal is very relaxed, and Jerry's solo is AMAZING, every note just caressed. And very different than just a few nights later in Berkley. Bobby Mc Gee may not be a show stopper or smokin' hot, but listen to this one a few times in a row, and you will be all like damn, I love that song!

Reviewer: Skiskort - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2015
Subject: I'm 61 and this was sooo much fun!
I am now 61 years old and was at this show, it was the summer just before going into my junior year at high school. I remember this show very well and was stoked through the NRPS opening until the very end of the Dead show! ...and now after all these years I find this! Hallellujia! ...anyway Greatful fun thanx to the tapers I remember talking to you!
Reviewer: Deadtrees07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2015
Subject: Morning.
Killer version of Morning Dew
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2015
Subject: This IS the best sounding audience EVER
Great 71 set! Before I heard this, I was dismissive of all audience recordings and would only bother w. soundboards. This is the recording that embarked me on a quest for more GD audience recordings that kick a$$. The previous night's performance is great as well, but this is THE ONE!
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2013
Subject: -
This is freakin unbelievable, and I don't praise '71 shows that much. Definitely my favorite of the year.
Reviewer: utapah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2013
Subject: Thank Bobby!
Right after Bertha Bobby Tells "the guy with the microphone if he whats to get a good recording of the show that he should move back about 40ft." Thanks Bobby! I mean what a band...This is one of the best AuDs Ive heard in awhile!!!
Reviewer: ondemandautoglass - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2013
Subject: Great songs
i love all these songs. those are my favorites.
Reviewer: stellabluetoo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2013
Subject: enjoying every minute
they really make the guitars sing on me and bobby mcgee
Reviewer: a1becker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2013
Subject: to hot to handle
been listening to the dead for 40 years and i never heard this version of "To Hard To Handle" WOW AWESOME. This has got to be one of the most powerful, intense, rockin, smokin, jumpin jam I have ever heard. I must have played it at least 20 times in the past two days. Crank it up and play it again!
Reviewer: kyoheiohkubo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2013
Subject: Incredible show
I got to know that I can freely download Grateful Dead's show here.
Surprised the quality of sounds.
Reviewer: jerrygarciafan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2013
Subject: very good
Where to start? Excellent sound quality for 1971. Very worthwhile download. Bob and Jerry were on fire. Hell, the entire GD were on fire!

Playin in the band is so very close to perfection.

This is like Skull and Roses minus the editing.

Thank you thank you thank you
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2012
Subject: best hard2handle ever, best audience recording also!
tops, 5stars tops, . period.
best audience recording also
Reviewer: gregack21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2012
Subject: Thank you
First GD CD downloaded. CHECK OUT TOM PETTY's Friend of the Devil!
Reviewer: Mohawk Nation - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2012
Subject: Garcia's Guitar?
Does anyone know which guitar Garcia was playing at this show? It sounds more "sting-y" than the Alligator Fender he used later on in '72. Was it that protoype that Alembic made for him, or perhaps the Gibson SG? Whichever it is, the tone and intensity are unreal....

By the way, this is perhaps the best AUD in the collection. The Other One and Me & My Uncle just rock....
Reviewer: lp357 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2012
Subject: woo woo
My favorite aud on the archive, I enjoy this more than the pristine soundboard. Great energy, good sound, best the archive has to offer. Next best thing to being their, makes these old bones wanna bounce!
Reviewer: jb95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2012
Subject: One of my favorites!
Incredible show!
Reviewer: Yades - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2012
Subject: The next best thing to being there
More than any other AUD recording, this gives the feeling that you are 20 feet back from the stage at a dead show in 1971. And what a great feeling it is.
Reviewer: $GWIZDOLLA$ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2012
Subject: "Woo Woo" in Casey Jones
Whoever is yelling along with the song is the man! You, along with the great music, make this show the tits for me.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2011
Subject: Classic!
Great show, great sound. The Other One is a definite highlight for me. Listen for the Weather report intro when they come back into OO after MAMU.
Reviewer: ellisthemess - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2011
Subject: tape city
300 shows and I vividly recall the taping center otherwise known as tape city. Microphones on 20 foot high poles , reel to reel decks everywherein tape city. this band not only allowed taping but they encouraged it! I remember jerry at an interview saying that once the music was floating through the air anyone who wanted to listen opr even tape record any show was welcome. 40 years later and iam very grateful. pun intended.
Reviewer: dmelton1955 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2011
Subject: My first Dead Concert
This was the first time I saw the Grateful Dead, and I was blown away. The Palladium was so crowded and hot and you couldn't move, but the music was so great it didn't matter. The New Riders opened up, and I got to see Garcia play pedal steel with them. What a night! Funny thing, I was standing right behind this guy that was holding a full size reel to reel tape recorder. I don't know how the hell he managed to do it, but he did. He had two guys holding microphones, one way to the left and one way to the right. The mic cables must have been at least 25 or 30 feet long, and these guys were holding the microphones up over the crowd. Pigpen was in great form that night and Garcia was playing his ass off, the band was on fire. I'm so glad those guys made that tape! It would have only been a distant memory.
Reviewer: cravinbob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2011
Subject: This is The Dead
This has got to be a definitive recording of The Dead. Sound quality is superb. Nuff said?!
Reviewer: erik65 - - August 7, 2011
Subject: Happy 40th birthday
to this Show!
Reviewer: MasterST - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2011
Subject: My First Dead Show!!!!
My friend Larry saw his first show the night before and loved it so much, he talked me and another friend to go to this show. Unfortunately, we only had about $5 between the three of us. Tickets were $5.50 at the door. Then a really loaded guy stumbled upon us and Larry reminded him of his deceased brother. He GAVE us the rest of the money to get in. What a story to tell to get into your first show and were given the money to do it. Larry was RIGHT. The Dead were great! Pigpen was in good form that night. This recording is excellent for a fan recording.
Reviewer: mirabela - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2011
Subject: this one has been reviewed plenty, but ...
Great God! Wow, what playing. What a gift that this happened in the first place, and that some wonk was on the scene to tape it.

New to this one? Hard to Handle is a good place to start. Great show & a fine tape.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2011
Subject: a bit juiced
I have to agree with skijumper, the key is a bit juiced. Regardless, this version really gets under your skin, even more so than the other really good recording of this show.

Reviewer: dead-vermonter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2010
Subject: And another thing
I'm not usually a fan of Hard to Handle....but c'mon Jerry, that was some playing! Wow.
Reviewer: poppenfresh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2010
Subject: WOW!
Holy shit! This is the first time I have fully downloaded a show off of internet archive. I was browsing along and this show seemed to have a good variety of songs and is from my favorite era of the Dead, so I figured it would be a good experiment to see how it worked. I can't believe it: quality, energy, a rowdy crowd... What more could you ask for??? Good show to end any arguments with people who choose not to love the Dead, there is some obvious energy exchange between the crowd and the boys (or vice versa???)
Reviewer: cacahootie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2009
Subject: Heaven in MP3 Format
This particular recording is hands down my favorite Grateful Dead artifact. I've always been partial to AUD recordings, the ambiance and feel amplify the music, even if the quality isn't always as good. This is a rare gem in that the quality is phenomenal, and the ambiance is top notch as well.

The playing as well is lights out. I die every time I hear the Other One > Me & My Uncle > Other One. Two of my absolute favorite Dead songs played phenomenally.

If the feel is right, this is a great place to start someone on the Dead.
Reviewer: kcmoeron09 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2009
Subject: Great Sound Five Star Show
This is a great recording. I thoroughly enjoyed every song in this show and it sounds absolutely phenomenal. Thank you so much for documenting this.
Reviewer: mmw12207 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2009
Subject: Early Weather Report noodle?
Did anyone else notice that during the other one jam Bobby plays the opening phrase of the Weather Report Suite a few times? I didn't realize that was how it developed...pretty damn cool...and the rest of this show is sick..i love the feel of the early much more bluesy than what developed (both are excellent in their own right)
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2009
Subject: One of my favorites....
I'll never forget the first time I heard this version of Hard to Handle on Fall out from the Phil Zone! Both the Bobby solo and Jerry solo are raging! My next memory is the blistering Other One that just slides into Me & My Uncle! I laughed out loud when I first heard that! It sounds amazing! This IS the GOOD 'OLE GRATEFUL DEAD! This whole tape has amazing sound quality the whole way through but I think the previous reviewer is right about the pitch problem! I never noticed that before! Oh well, it still sounds boss! Peace.
Reviewer: skijumper138 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2009
Subject: great
So this is a great recording, but listen to the other ones or get out your musical insturment and play to it youll note that when you compressed it or whatever you did to it you changed the key of the songs.
Reviewer: gdtimer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: man 'o man
one of the best!!
Reviewer: IcePrincess - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2009
Subject: Excellent
I knew this was good -- I downloaded this show a long time ago -- awesome Morn Dew!!

Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2009
Subject: Hard To Handle

This is tooooo good, y'know?

This is so phattening it should be illegal.

One of the most amazing and beautiful AUD's on the block. Hand's down.

Great performance right out of the gate with much hot and heavy energetic phrasing ala Garcia.

GDP shouldn't have wasted so much time and money releasing the "Houseboat Tapes." They should have just released this recording as is in its stead. It would have been fine -- actually, it's better. It has more life than any SBD but it is not inundated with annoying handclaps and such.
Reviewer: wtp024 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2009
Subject: woo hoo
i die laughing on every woo hoo in casey jones in this show LOL.. incredible show.. definitely in the top 10!
Reviewer: cwswiha07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2009
Subject: Why Release it??
Feldspar, Why would you want someone to commercially release this show? So we have to pay to listen to it. Obviously it would be a blockbuster, but the download count proves that. I don't think Jerry would want us paying for anything (besides studios of course), keep free and responsible use alive!
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2009
Subject: Mother of all audience recordings!
WOW!!!! This is what a audience tape should should like! Close your eyes, and it sounds like you are there. Simply amazing! It is hard to believe this was made with audio gear available in 1971. "Hard to Handle" kicks ass, PIG WAS THE MAN!!!!!
Reviewer: kdreimiller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2009
Subject: ahhhh
i pick the shows im gonna stream by looking through the recently reviewed.

i was getting ready to stream this and i was like "shit, its an aud". but went ahead anyways. WOW. this is the best aud i've ever heard!

too bad hard to handle has to stop. they could groove on that on night and id be happy as a pig in shit.
Reviewer: deadphish420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2009
Subject: This is what you're looking for!
I just dl'd this and am almost afraid to listen to the rest because I recently had a heart attack. The band is playing with such intensity, the crowd is incredible and the recording is sooo good. Wish I'd found this one sooner. If more audience tapes were like this we wouldn't mind that sbd's are streaming only. Download this one now!
Reviewer: feldspar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2008
Subject: soundboard
The Dead had two releases that contained portions of this show:

Dick's Picks Volume 35 had these songs: The Other One > Me & My Uncle > The Other One - Deal - Sugar Magnolia - Morning Dew - Turn on your Lovelight

Their Download Series, which you could only get by downloading it from had these songs: Bertha - Mr. Charlie - Cumberland Blues - Brokedown Palace - Hard to Handle

I'm not sure if you can still download it from there. Anyway, why they would choose to chop up such a great show into pieces and release a little here and there is beyond me. This show is obviously in extremely high demand. I don't know why they don't release the whole thing in one package. Deadheads would eat it up, and it could become among their best-selling shows.

I mean, they only released 12 songs (on 2 different deals) and left out 7 tunes...maybe we'll get the other 7 songs on a third release...doesn't really make too much sense to me.
Reviewer: King Triad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2008
Subject: smoking show
great 71 show ..I havent been here for awhile but I guess you can download shows again..i downloaded this one it's a keeper..
Reviewer: IamIamIamIam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2008
Subject: Brilliant!
I stumbled across the show and was awestruck at
the sound quality, musicianship and the recording of the overall atmosphere of the venue.
Special Mentions:
The Other One > Me and My Uncle (smokin')
Brokedown Palace (soft and beautiful)
St Stephen (of course)
Performances like this in the late 60s, early 70s is what really got me into the Dead.
Reviewer: Wakeupnshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2008
Subject: TOO good to B true
Twenty years of this and here's the show that makes me crazy. I'm losing my grip with Jerry's jam in Hard to Handle, but the real gem for me is this Other One. It's spooky intense, with a booming intro from Phil and some unparalleled jamming from Garcia. I like the guy who says, on the verge of the spookiest part, "This song is what it is, man." No sh#$. If anyone knows of a better TOO, fill me in.
Reviewer: CaffeineSunshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2008
Subject: EPIC
this has to be one of my favorite shows. it's all been said. the boys are ON for this one, and the slight grittiness of the recording almost adds something. download it now!
Reviewer: William Tell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2008
Subject: Burn a CD
Great show; all said before (below). One of the most popular of the year (circulated widely as a bootleg album, tapes, etc.), along with 11-7-71.

Shmenny: right click each file of your choice and "save target" so that they download to your system. Then, use "media player" (or whatever default audio software package you have) to build a CD/burn it. Very simple. You can also add the entire folder (you create) to an ipod, etc.
Reviewer: shmenny9787 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2008
Subject: Burning CD
WOW! Amazing show. Is there any way I can save this to burn to a cd? And how do I do that?
Reviewer: redroosterr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2008
Subject: wwoooww
the grateful dead at there finest
10 stars
i could only wish i coulda been ther to enjoy itt first handd
Reviewer: ears&smiles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2007
Subject: from beginning to end
This show does rock. A definite 5 star. Just imagine standing there when out of nowhere, they break into Mr. Charlie, and this biker guy is dancin around singin to a funky beat and catchy beat / guitar riff, then a little while later the whacko with the lead guitar, hair, and beard, taking you to the edge of the universe.

As teenagers, we had so damn much fun, I just can't imagine that the younger crowd at the "secret" Hollywood raves with a DJ playing techno-transBS these days have anywhere near the joy we experienced on Sunset Blvd. that Summer night back in '71. Or the many other nights and days of the Good Old Grateful Dead live!
Download it today, you won't be disappointed!
Reviewer: ears&smiles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2007
Subject: 2 audience recordings?? My 3rd show
Its great to see this show posted! THANK YOU! I remember this as an awesome rock & rolll experience. An awesome show, leaving this (then 18) kid wondering "Who the heck ARE these guys - hippies, cowboys, or bikers??" Jerry the furry sunglassed happy freak, Bobby the ponytailed kinda western country kid, and Pigpen, the cowboy meanass looking biker dude. Phil the geeky hipster and Billy the normal lookin locomotive. This was my 3rd Dead show, attended impropmtu, tix purchased at the front door (under $15!). I was already yelling for El Paso. I haven't listened to this yet, but I remember the guy next to me setting up his reel-reel and unscrewing an AC outlet cover on the floor into which he plugged his rig. I was getting into mixing and recording at the time as a mid teens audio enthusiast, and talked to him for a minute about it...We were close to the stage and I remember Bobby telling him to back up to get better sound. (My ex used to be amazed that I could remember stuff like this and then forget other important things like our anniversary! Doh!)
Anyway, I see 2 auds posted, but aud taping was very rare then, and I saw only the 1 afore mentioned taper guy. Are they really 2 different sources?
There was a SB on cassette floating around about 15 or 20 years ago.
Every time I pass the Palladium, I think of that show. Every time.
Having been to so many of these great shows is one of the few good things about being an "older guy".
To the tapers: Rob & Harv, are you guys still around L.A. or the Bay Area? email me at timsroad at yahoo, and I'll buy you a beer or sumthin!
Reviewer: tomatoman66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2007
Subject: Yes, it's true
the hard to handle is the jam they say. for a possible quicker, punchier and tighter one, you may want to listen to 12/26/69. Pigpen misses the words, and even that is good, but it is a similar deal to this. Without the audience, which is the biggest problem for me here. I'm spoiled by the boards i guess.
Reviewer: Loose Linus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2007
Subject: If you like Other One-MaMU-Other One
Check out 11.7.1971. Your first is always your favorite and that was my first. But, it absolutely kills. Diggin what I've heard so far on this one too. It's always amazing to hear the vast changes in style and feeling as you move from 71 to 74 to 77 to 79. What a rippin' run of music they had.
Reviewer: moe.DeadStringPhishplease - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2007
Subject: Phil Zone Hard to Handle
This is the Hard to Handle from Phil Zone this show is amazingly tight they rock the F out on this one. 71' is a Rock n Roll year for the Dead def. check this out.
Reviewer: TheeKidd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2007
Subject: :)
WoW, just reached the St. Stephen and this is by far the best AUD I have ever listened to. AWESOME :)
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2007
Subject: This is an aud? from 1971?!?!?!?
Wow what a grate show. I don't think the Dead played one even "good" show in August of 1971. They seemed to vary from excellent to stellar during this month. Soundwise this is the best audience tape I've heard from any era, it's wonderful and I'm not an audience fan in general. The band smokes, Hard To Handle is a top 5 version. Stream or download it now.
Reviewer: neeholes84 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2007
Subject: another one for h2h
i blew my mind midway through hard to handle. HOLY CAMOLLI!!! jerry's solo fried my computers cpu beyond repair... and put me in a different world for few minutes there. maybe not a 5 star show, but well above average; bobby mcgee was nicely done.
Reviewer: Phildaman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2007
Subject: One for the Books
Until about three years ago, I had never really been exposed to the Grateful Dead. Nor had I been exposed to the Archive. I read a squib about the Archive in Playboy, no less. I decided to check it out and noticed that there were quite a few Dead shows to say the least. Being a fan of blues and rock music my entire life, I figured this was a great way to discover a band that many people consider to be the greatest American band ever.
I don't remember how it was, but this was the first show I came across after performing a simple search for "Casey Jones" or something to that effect (Casey being the only Dead song I really knew at the time).
I scrolled down and read a review about this show that said something to the effect of "you can hear the crowed really take off into the stratosphere during Jerry's solo in 'Hard to Handle.'" I believe those words to remain true to this day. Thanks to this show I have discovered a band that will always have a place in my playlist, my conscience, and my heart. And after explore countless of hours of Dead shows since listening to this one, I can still say that this show is once of my favorites. The energy is great, and it will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks to the guy that taped this sucker in 71,and to the archive, for allowing us to enjoy it all these years later.
Reviewer: octothorp - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2007
Subject: Lots of fun
Some tunes are better than others (and that's life, isn't it?), with Mister Charlie and Hard to Handle standing out for me. Overall a solid 4.
Reviewer: Stephanie Brown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2007
Subject: This is why 1971 was the defining year
This is a really lovely, classic audience recording.

Just having one drummer leaves space for Phil Lesh to play those lovely bass lines. Jerry, Bob, Phil and Bill seem to complement each other perfectly.

I didn't care for the Keith and Donna years much. As good as 1979 to 1983 were, once again the clutter of two drummers just takes away the energy for me.

Hard to handle, Betha and Casey Jones are really nice (despite the person doing the woo woos !)
Reviewer: geokie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2007
Subject: One of the Best
In building a rock memorabilia room, and trying to find a ticket to a particular GD concert I had attended at the Palladium way back when, I stumbled onto this site. When I realized someone had actually taped this show, you can imagine my excitement. I was actually a little afraid to listen to it (the dreaded flashback from the Orange Sunshine somebody -- probably with the GD-- passed around. It was so potent I still remember walking to the car and cops with billy clubs beating kids who were tripping out. I ended up at County General -- from the chemicals, not the cops).

I didn't even remember the NRPS playing that night, but it explains my fondness for them when nobody else i know has ever heard of them (and bless satellite radio for playing their best cuts).

As for the taping, it is truly a unique experience, probably due to the mikes being in the middle of a very enthusiastic audience and able to capture much of the dynamic feel (often catching a live clap track in surround sound).

I have many of the GD Dick's Picks and still haven't listened to anything like Jerry's extended solo at the end of Truckin'. It's too bad it cuts off short -- I'm not sure what happened -- but I think I have a program that will tidy it up a little.

Anyway, I haven't even listened to the whole thing yet but had to log in throw in my 2 cents. And best thing -- no flashbacks so far!!!
Reviewer: Daveznothere - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2006
Subject: This was THE night.
I agree, five stars aren't enough. I was 18, it was my second Dead show, the Hollywood Palladium an Art Deco palace. Once in the doors, we worked our way to maybe thirty feet from the stage, right center. Right in front of Jerry on pedal steel with NRPS. When the Dead came on, Pig was on our side, and from the first notes of Bertha you knew it was going to be one hell of a Lunar Eclipse. Every song is played with such energy and conviction, every note was just about perfect. I'm not sure if it was the Uncle Sam blotter but we were seeing everyone's aura that night. I remember my face hurting from grinning so much. I finally got my hands on a CD of this show about a year ago from a friend who was born on this day, what a gift. Hard to Handle is best played at top volume with the furniture moved out of the way. My only St. Stephen, but one of the best. Pigpen was in his best form, and Lovelight shines. This is of course, a legendary recording, as Deb Trist put it "It's like a you-were-there experience" (or something like that). Even with Casey's whistle tooter, the audience gives you the feeling of being back on the floor, or leaping in the air, once again. Thank you Rob Bertrando. Thank you And thank you Jerry.
Reviewer: joshjackson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2006
Subject: Good show
This sounds good on my computer but my ipod it sounds worse. It is a awesome show but don't get it to listen on your ipod.
Reviewer: christo4 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2006
Subject: Incredible
This is The best show on the archive. As everyone below has mentioned, the sound quality is incredible. Phil's harmony is spot on and Jer sounds amazing. Get this before it is no longer on here. This loser is what turned me onto the Dead. Simply amazing.
Reviewer: Finster Baby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2006
Subject: How ironic
This show is regarded (rightfully so) as one of the best all time Aud recordings ever. Best I've heard so far anyway!!
I was listening to a stream of this show on Sugarmegs. At the song break between Bertha and playin' you can hear Bobby say something to (I presume) one of the tapers. "you're too close to the microphone. If you want a good recording, you'll need to move back about 40 ft. I wonder if he was talking to whomever made this recording. Just thought it was both ironic and kind of funny.
Reviewer: shades017 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2006
Subject: Fantastic
This morning was a dreary/rainy/foggy day driving through Ithaca listening to Sirius 17 and Hard To Handle came on 8/6/71 - My day immediately sky rocketed - I've never heard the crowd freak out so much - Absolutely one of the best versions I've been privelege to. Tim Shadle Cortland, NY
Reviewer: bigAl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2006
Subject: on his kness
I love it when Jerry plays from his knees in the high point of Hard to Handle! Kneeling down, to accent the sweet spot! The audience goes wild!
Reviewer: 12 Joshua - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2006
Subject: Rob Bertrando is THE Man of the 70's
35 years later.......Thanks Rob!

If there is a crown jewel of Bertrando's audience recordings this one is it. Like a fine bottle of red wine.

Standouts: A fantastic Hard to Handle ( note the full on band/crowd swell with Jerry's lead) and the sublime TOO>MAMU>TOO

Solid 71 GD. 5 Star recording.

btw, lol @ kate below - go easy on your melon with those experiments girl and the caps lock.
Reviewer: Kate Morgan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2006
Reviewer: I Can't Come Down - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2006
Subject: Nothing Left To Say. . .
Except "Dang, this show is tight!" I love the sound--pretty good all things considered. St. Stephen was a bit of a dissapointment though.
Reviewer: St. Vitus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2006
Subject: duckin' high, duckin' low
Loved the show, the set, the crowd energy, and even the aforementioned tuning issues work on the forbidding "Mister Charlie", which is supposed to be creepy - getting shot in the ass with rock salt really hurts, or so I've heard, so you better watch out for an armed Pig!
Reviewer: dawhip - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2006
Subject: 35th Anniversary
I found this show at about the anniversary of when it was performed and have not tired of it since. Very crisp and clean and well played throughout.
Reviewer: Tyler - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2006
Subject: Fun stuff
i usually don't cruise the GD shows, but grabbed this randomly to stream from the 'top 5' shows. sound quality is really good and I like the sound. not too 'jammy' on the few songs I listened to. Awesome!
Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2006
Subject: THE BEST
It was a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on this night...
This one is notoriously the "best" audience recording of the early 70s... might be the best Other One of the year, for sure. Mind-melting goodness... check out the audience recording from the night before... you might perhaps prefer the acoustics of that one? These two and the Capitol Theater shows in November are highly recommended audience downloads
Reviewer: Spaced - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2006
Subject: I can taste it
Shiver me timbers, and I wasn't even there. Seems like I can taste The Other One>.

Is this version better than the remaster?
Reviewer: Help/Slip/Frank - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2006
Subject: hell yes
one of my favorite St. Stephens, Hard to Handle, and Lovelight. amazing show, amazing quality. it deserves much more than five stars, thats for sure.
Reviewer: USBlues1977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2006
Subject: Early bird gets...
...the good show. Everybody raves about '77 - '78, and while I think they are in short incomparable (different ups and downs for both) I would still rather listen to a great '69 - '71 show anytime. Oh and great AUD recording, one of the best on this site and the vocals are clear.
Reviewer: gypsywomen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2006
Subject: absolutely top of the line
no doubt deads excellence shines thru on this recording, amazing show. Makes me want to get diddy and do a little diddy
Reviewer: DeadHead68 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2006
Subject: Great AUD recording
Jerry's guitar is very out of tune on each track up through Brokedown Palace- in fact you can hear him (thank goodness) tuning it at the beginning of that song. Me and Bobby mcGee has some very out of tune parts too. I think Bobby's guitar during that part. Other than and a rough spot or two, the majority of the rest of the show has what every Dead-phile looks for ENERGY!

Recording quality- just dynamite. For AUD sound board or whatever. Just fantastic. All in all a great show. I'm still looking for that quintissential show though. Anyone found it yet? I had it I think but my tape was stolen from my recorder during a party and never seen again. And I just can't remember what show it was. A dead tape stolen? I know - sacrilege.
Reviewer: louder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2006
Subject: This is what rock is about
I didn't know what to expect when I download this concert but it blew me out of my chair and made me crank my stereo up loud! From Bertha to the end, this show is hard-driving rock, and is a flat-out classic.
Reviewer: Mandojammer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2006
Subject: Many, many good shows here
For the previous poster, check out the 4/22/69 show at the Ark in Boston. If for no other reason than one of only four (at last count) Mountains of the Moon. Peace - Be Well.
Reviewer: Mindbender420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2006
Subject: Best show ive heard yet...
ive only known about this site for a short time but as of now this is the best quality audience recording ive heard and the band is playing fantastic (like always)... does anyone have any suggestions for a 67-69 show?
Reviewer: kdub is king - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2006
Subject: my second favorite show
besides june 9, 77 this is my second favorite show ever the hard to handle is insane and the lovelight rocks. st. stephen is perfect and the bertha was a great song to start the show
Reviewer: philphanatic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2006
Subject: 5
another 5 star rating from me. Soundquality isnt perfect but its an audience tape so for that it sounds pretty hot. its nice to hear teh cheering every now and then becasue i can close my eyes and pretend im there. w

a good audience tape and some good herb, its the closest ill ever get to a grateful dead concert
Reviewer: T.J. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: crystal clear cracklin' craziness
Holy, Holy Smokes!! This show is unbelievable. Remember that page in the Offical Book of the Deadheads that says, "They didn't just pull the vista cruiser out for one song, they pulled it out for the whole damn night!" That pretty much sums up this show. Everything you've read here about this show and recording is accurate. It took 35 years for me to hear this music (I was 12 days old when it was played), but thanks to the archive I'm diggin' it loud and clear today. Forgive me it this has already been mentioned in previous reviews about this show, I haven't read all of them, but this nights Hard To Handle is the performance that is on the Fallout From the Phil Zone collection. It might even sound crisper than the recording that was officially released. Nice. Don't hesitate, just download it & I guarentee you'll be grinnin' soon.
Reviewer: the_other_deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2006
Subject: best show ever
i have to admit, i dont really even mind the woo-wooing that much. i love this show that much, and i think it almost adds to the aud experience. this is probably my favorite dead show of all time. this show is perfect. the best setlist ever. every song just rips, and the brokedown is beautiful. it has more energy than almost any sbd recording, and the sound quality is still good. ive listened to this show more than any other gd show, and if u only d/l one show off the archive, make it this one.
Reviewer: darkstar11/11/73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2006
Subject: !?!?!
Its really hard to imagine how an AUD from 71 could sound this good....My fav. Aud of all time....breathtaking show with everything you coud want from 71....nasty hard to handle and TOO->MAMU->TOO->deal. The only prob. i have with it is the guy standing right next to the mic "woo"ing the whole show.....musta been horse the next day. At least he is doing it in time to the music in places.

Drivin' that train (woo) high on cocaine (woo woo)
Reviewer: scarlet_begonia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2006
Subject: Wow
I've only discovered this site recently and haven't heard most of the recordings before, but this one is the best I've heard so far. Everyone is really on and the sound quality is great.
Reviewer: NoyoWharfRat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2006
Subject: 8-6-'71
It was my 17th birthday. There's even parts of it that I remember... It was a pretty VISUAL night!

Reviewer: Gallium - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2006
Subject: Quality show
I agree with most of the positive reviews here.

Hard to handle smokes

Brokedown is top notch.

WRS is teased 25 seconds into The Other One

Lovelight is as it had to be, epic.
Reviewer: skuzzlebutt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2006
Subject: Indispensable
If I could give six stars here I would, for this aural masterpiece surely deserves it. No matter what size your Dead collection, this is truly one of just 4 or 5 shows that you truly, absolutely, no foolin' CANNOT do without. Not only is it hands down the best pre-Mydland era audience recording ever made (and arguably the best of any era), it's one of the hottest, most unrelenting shows in GD history. Rob Bertrando deserves our eternal thanks for his brilliant work on this night.
Reviewer: blotter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2006
Subject: Must Have Show!
All deadheads should have this show, its as good as it gets. Good sound quality for an audience recording. Hard to Handle & Turn on your Lovelight are absolute smokers.
I wish I had been there in person, but thankfully someone recorded this gem for all of us to enjoy.

I don't remember alot from the shows I did see, but I do remember one thing - so many people on ctutches - then when the show started - seeing micophones attatched to those cruthches being held in the air.
Thanks to everyone that made the effort to save these shows for the rest of us.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2006
Subject: I thought I already reviewed this...
...after burning it last year, but I guess I plum forgot!

Not much else to say here that hasn't been said already. I agree with everybody that this is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest AUD recording ever. Five stars ain't enough, especially when you factor in the year and the performance.

Jerry's solo on Mr. Charlie is an absolute shredder!! This has become one of my favorite discs to listen to. Play it loud and you can truly imagine you were in the audience. I know people say that all the time about a show, but this is the one time nobody will disagree. You need this if you don't have it.

Note added on 6/21/05:

Go here for the "lost" soundboard!!!

Another note added on 12/16/05:

Well, six months later and much has changed. I am glad that GDM changed their minds and let the Archive keep all the AUD's up and running, as well as allowing them to stream the SBD's (many of which can be found elsewhere for quick download, wink wink).

A comment on a review that mentioned the speed on this tape being "too fast". Well, I am sure if you picked up the "Houseboat Tapes" Dick's Picks, you realize how wrong you were. In fact, this AUD source is sooo good, I honestly cannot determine where the AUD stops and SBD starts (see liner notes in your DP CD).

The more I hear this show, the more I feel that this may be the BEST recording of a show ever. I know people throw that phrase around, but I have 1000's of hours on tape & CD, have been to my share of shows since 86 and have listened to pretty much everything out there, as I am a music junky. I am not making this statement lightly. The quality, range of pitch (from bass to cymbals), clarity, etc... + the performance = some of the finest art made by mankind.

I am giving this baby out for Christmas this year.
One more note added March 2006: regarding Hard to Handle, listen carefully folks. In many versions of this song, Bobby (yes, Bobby) takes the first lead, not Jerry. Just FYI.
Reviewer: USBlues1977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2006
Subject: I love to eat vegetables....
VegetableMan, it surprises me how you think this Hard to Handle is the
"best." Well buddy i don't know whether or not you listend to 4-29-71 or whether or not you are smoking something but if you are, I would still like a puff....anyway the Hard to Handle on 4-29-71 is much better than this one, longer jam, better played and with a much better sound.... but still a great show, Right Boss? Right Boss.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2006
Subject: The Star Chamber
Yep - 5
Reviewer: Geoffsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: Pigpen Today
As I listen to this I can't help but wonder what Pigpen would be like in today's musical environment with his ability to just continuosly keep beat and rant about nothing and everything at the same time.
Reviewer: VegetableMan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: Well
This whole soundboard business really got me down for a while, and I really regretted taking the fact that the Dead's great music was free for granted. But, there are enough good AUDs out there that it doesn't matter too much right now. This is an amazing show the whole way through. Hard to Handle is an amazing example of Jerry at his best, and the crowd gets insanely pumped during his solo. Opening with an awesome Bertha and closing with an 11 minute Dew and 24 minute Lovelight, this show is great the whole way through. Short feedback trouble in Lovelight while Pigpen works his magic with the crowd, but a minor problem in comparison to the rest of the show.
Reviewer: Bobstopper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: woo woo
I was driving along with my two yr old when he started "woo-woo!"ing along with that guy during Casey Jones. Laugh long and hard.
Reviewer: missujerry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: This Is The Real Thing
This was like winning the lottery when it made it to my reel-to-reel collection in the 70's. Good shows were so hard to come by, and the higher quality full shows were all the rarer. Even then, I knew this was priceless and without exception the best Hard To Handle I'd ever heard. My view of this version never changed over the years and it was no surprise that Phil included it on Phil Zone. Anyway, this show summarizes a point in time that many will never understand unless they've paid their dues in the archives of the 60's and 70's - when Pigpen's influence had them at their hard core best. The 1st set is somewhat short, but you'll be hard pressed to find better versions of everything played, with the exception of the fuckhead I've wanted to strangle for 30 years 'woo-wooing' while he trashes Casey Jones. The 2nd Set Other One melds into a searing MAMU and back into Other One in a fashion lost through the bands softening over the years with a far more polished sound. The Deal rocks, the Sugar Magnolia rips and they clean house with the Morning Dew and Lovelight. Overall, it's my favorite show and typifies the raw energy displayed in many of the small venues that have given us some of the best music we've come to love. The Hard To Handle jam is Electric Jerry as good as it gets, and Pigpen's timing is right there...I too am surprised this is still available. It's a must have for any true Deadhead and the ultimate psychedelic doorway to anyone waiting for a bus to get on.
Reviewer: gotmyticket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2006
Subject: Great 71 show
There is a reason this show has 80 + reviews. It is that good. Turn on Your Lovelight is awesome even with the couple of flaws. The vocals are really good which I have found to be rare for AUD's from this time period. When people say "The Dead were never the same without Pig " they are right on the head. Since we can only dowload aud's I will rate this as an aud and give it a five.
Reviewer: sarraqum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2006
Subject: This show is Hard To pun intended....
This has to be one of the finest Pigpen-era shows I've heard. And what can be said about Hard To Handle jam.....apart from that it kicks your ass and rips you a new one all at the same time. This is and essential download, I am surprised you can still get this show.
Reviewer: ccclyde - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2006
Subject: The Petition Worked
So, I'm pulling my negative review. Thanks GD for giving/freeing all the great music produced by the Grateful Dead over 30 years.
Reviewer: Let it Bleed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2006
Subject: Best AUD... great sets
I thought I would start adding some reviews to some of these awesome shows. I may as well start here. This is my favorite Aud. The sound of music blends with the sound of the crowd in a good way, and there isnt any moments of really dominant shouts or voices, (I hate when some guy starts screaming out something like "hey play Casey Jones man"), not that there's anything wrong with the song, I just don't want to hear some guys plaintive crys for it throughout the entire set. This show has none of that... Its hard to believe this show was caught with an audience microphone. Whoever did it totally captured the show and did a really great job. And congrats for that. The classic Bertha is a great version with a fine tempo, Mr. Charlie is another one of my favorites from the first set, I just love that song, and its done real well here. Cumberland Blues, where a lot o poor man make a 5 dollar bill is fantastic as always and a few bong gurgles later, Bob sings a fantastic version of me and Bobby McGee. This is not a sterile soundboard, but its absolutely fantastic. I cant see how any Dead fan would be disappointed in this show. This is a must have. Pigpens magnificent version of hard to handle is done just the way its supposed to be, long before those Black Crowe punks prostituted it, and ruined it. Once and a while you will hear someone choking on some of that powerful pot that was everywhere in those days, but this is the best of the AUDs. You would be hard pressed to find a better audience recording of any show. This is the best AUD, in my opinion. for that, and the great set list, I give it 5 stars.
Reviewer: JackStrawFromWichita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2006
Subject: WRS Prelude
After MAMU when the band goes back into other one, you can hear hints of what would become the Weather Report Suite Prelude - I think I heard it twice - anyone else hear this at the begining of the Other One after MAMU?
Reviewer: hotshakedown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2005
Subject: Hard to Handle buzz kill
Stellar recording as has been noted. Incredible show but someone "poked some holes" in the middle of argueably one of the finest Hard To Handle jams ever. My old maxell XLII S copy that I picked up in the early 90's has a flawless version. Why would soe d_u_che-bag wreck an exquisite recording?
Reviewer: Eastcoast Phil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2005
Subject: First download here
Great show, this was my first download at this awsome site. Keep Jamming.
Reviewer: Kola67 - favorite - November 29, 2005
Subject: This is Bullsh!t
the band isn't the one trying to profit from shutting down all soundboards on this site, it's all the leetches working at GD Enterprises. Jerry always said once the music is out there it belongs to the people, but the men/women working at GDE think they're entitled to make a living off music they had nothing to do with. Jerry and Dick are both resting in peace, and those scavangers at GDE are making money off their inspiration
Reviewer: Jay of Bass Zen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2005
Subject: One of the better live Dead recordings!
The audio quality is more acceptable than the average GD bootleg, and the performance is for the most part terrific. Pity you can't download it, though!
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2005
Subject: suspicious
That was the finest Mr.Charlie I've heard anytime.
August West I agree with you about the band being more concerned with wanting people to buy their music than get it for free.

Their bread and butter took off a little more than 10 years ago.
Reviewer: AUGUST.WEST - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2005
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2005
Subject: hmm
its not even that there aren't any sbds any more, it the fact that you can only stream the shows now, FUCK THAT, go to By the way this show does kick serious ass, you should download it...oh right, you can't.

I wonder whats going on.
Reviewer: Jeffrey-O - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2005
Subject: They Missed 11-1-79 & 5-15-70 sbd's!
Get them while you still can!

Plus 6-8-74, still has a 2nd set sbd!
Reviewer: G.Stew - favorite - November 23, 2005
Subject: can't believe this
this is ridiculous. dead fans need to be entitled to their listening rights. without soundboard recordings available to us, then we fall apart as a community. so i ask all of you to do your best to upload files onto any file sharing program. peace all.
Reviewer: hammy150 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2005
Subject: Best Hard to Handle ever
Jerry loses his mind on this one and the crowd does to, worth the download just for the crowd
Reviewer: BostonIndica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2005
Subject: new SBD....
if anyone would like a SBD of this show (pitch corrected/EQ/hiss reduction, etc)
I have one here in my studio. i'll FTP it or email it, whatever...peace..
this remaster is just not quite on...sorry...not bad though either...
I am setting up an FTP server this afternoon, I hope this won't be a problem for those who have emailed me already. Things are a little swamped here in the studio, but I'll leave my laptop on 24/7. Email me and just let me know what time is good for you, and I'll try and make sure I limit the traffic congestion (at least on my end) at that time so it goes faster for you. Peace....
Reviewer: sid weiss - favorite - October 12, 2005
Subject: ok better sounding show out there
sound is just ok
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: Superb Start to Finish
This is an awesome recording of a really fabulous show. Great setlist, the band is tight and sparkling with energy. I love how the ambienece of this aud really captures the ballroom freak show feel of the performance. 5 Stars all the way - one of the best shows you will ever hear.
Reviewer: darkstarpat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2005
Subject: Powerhouse Show
Really not much else to say that hasn't been said by the 65 other reviewers. May '77 Dead was what hooked me, but this show is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows. Certainly comes close to 4/29/71 as the best of the year. Jerry absolutely dominates this show. His leads drive the band on every song. He even busts out some riffs on the slower numbers like Brokedown and Loser. Obviously, the oft-mentioned Hard to Handle dominates the show, but don't let it over-shadow the rest. The band tears out with a hoppin' Bertha. Other 1st set highlights are Mr. Charlie and a funky bluegrass Cumberland. The second set jam is capped off by a ripping Morning Dew. And, of course, no show would be complete without a show-stopping Lovelight. This one's got it all. Amazing quality on this audio tape. Check it.
Reviewer: dragonwithmatches - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Okay, the Hard To Handle from this show is one of the most energetic and explosive recordings of the Grateful Dead, ever. This brilliant recording captures the energy of the room and adds to the locomotive-out-of-control feel. This is Good 'Ol Grateful Dead!
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2005
Subject: Morning F*in Dew
Along with everything else about this fabulous show, the Morning Dew is a shivers up the spine Dew, especially the run by Garcia just a minute or a minute and a half before the end of the song. Classic scalp melts off head stuff.
Reviewer: RonGeo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2005
Subject: Great Aud
To call this the worst audience recording shows that those 2 beers have warped your judgement. This is an aud from 1971, not 1987. Think about the recording technology available at the time. This show sounds better than many audience tapes of the 80's and on. Thanks to the original taper and those that made this available.
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - favorite - August 25, 2005
Subject: Re:
This may not be the worst show of all time, but it's the worst audience. Where was the taper situated? Inside King Kong's mouth? Under Jack Nicholson's Cadillac Seville in his Mulholland garage? I've had a beer or two. Sam Adams Octoberfest is already being stocked. Abi gezunt to y'all.
Reviewer: A Dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2005
Subject: The two sets can each fit on their own CDs
Hi !

With all these fine reviews, there is little to add, except to point out that the track naming was done in a "safe" fashion, i.e. what would work on all CD burners and all CD-Rs.

However, these days, you should be able to fit the longer SET TWO all on one CD-R, if you use "overburning". Check your CD burners instructions to make sure that it is not a problem with your setup. Make sure that you remove the two-second gap between tracks when using Nero or whatever software you choose. Of course, be sure to use a 700MB, "80 minute" CD-R.

You will need to refer to the text file (a separate small download you can find on this page) to identify which tracks are SET ONE and which are SET TWO.

More than likely, this will work for you, and if not, you are only out a few pennies that CD-Rs cost these days. Give at try - it will allow you to listen to each set without interruption - just as originally played.
Reviewer: jackiestraw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2005
Subject: the train was rollin that night
Wow! what a recording, i'm so glad he didn't move back 40 feet like bobby sugested.
I've never heard an aud that is so delicious, incredible , i usually don't bother with aud's but this is waaay better then any soundboard and truley captures the essence of what a dead show was all about...again you 77 freaks can't argue with this. the train was rollin this night and casey jones, mr charlie, bertha, bobby mcGee and my uncle was on board...chooo fuckin choo.
Congrats to the blew my mind with this's of scale 10...don't be fooled this show and you will smile front to back i promise..amazin..cheers
after another listen...What a mr charlie!! it flat out rocks..this imho is the ultimate version, it's so freakin tight ..maybe the tighest iv'e ever heard the dead on any tune and this recording is fuckin sick. i'm still grinnin. The energy commimg from the band at this show crackles. Mr bertrando you are the man, i have never heard a recording,album or any official release that matches the feelin you get from listening to's the ultimate dead show ..period!!
Reviewer: pinkfl0yd73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2005
Subject: Hard to Handle
This entire show is amazing, so much energy. This used to be my favorite Hard to Handle, but after taking oceantree's advice and checking out the one from 3/24/71, im not so sure anymore. Check it out, it is mindblowing, pushed over the top by Bobby's melodic solo to open the doors... Man, I love 71.
Reviewer: IMPROVISATION - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2005
Subject: Other one to Me and My Uncle is Unsurpassed
You might call me the tail end dead head in that I got into the dead as a teenager and was only fortunate enough to see their last three years. That being said I subsist mainly on abridged memories and good bootlegs. Most of the lifer dead heads who were actuallly there in the early years confirm that the early 70's were the best years. This show is testimony to that statement.

All I really can say is that it is rare on any bootleg that I will WANT to listen to the enitre show start to finish. Usually the triggger happy finger will flip to the BEST part or song like flipping to the money shot in a porno. I have to say through and through this show is amazing to the last note. The highlight though is the Uncle tease in the midst of a completely abstruse Other one jam. It is apparent that Bobby and Jerry know exactly when the crescendo will hit and turn from the elusive Other one to the upbeat cowboy poem of Me and My Uncle.

To hear this go to Me and My Uncle and fast backward for about three seconds with those trigger happy fingers.
Reviewer: someofthedharma - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2005
Subject: Holy Shit!
where's my face?
Reviewer: golden rose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2005
Subject: SOUNDS
Reviewer: ricksilb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2005
Subject: still awesome after all these years!
I can't believe this recording is out there on the net! What an awesome concert it was, as I had the privelege of being there. My drug days are long behind me, but great music is great music.
One of the reviewers wanted to know why it sounded like such an intimate setting; like a neighborhood bar. This was the strongest point of the Palladium. Basically just an open, semi-circular floor without seats. Funny, I even remember the concert was billed in the LA Times as the "Grateful Dead Dance".
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to survive those days, and may you rest in peace, Jerry.
Reviewer: china-rider '78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2005
I have over 3000 hours of shows on disc. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIME. PERIOD. If someone can find a more scorching Jerry on LOSER, then I'll be amazed. Don't be put off by the AUD vs. SBD. MUCH BETTER WITH AUD, although I'd love to hear the whole show in SBD. Anyway, forget Barton Hall, forget Red Rocks, forget the Fillmore......for now and GET THIS SHOW!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE LET DOWN!

p.s. I rarely give 5 stars

Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2005
Subject: Hot Damn
Hey ... I wish you had recorded everything! You set the standard for aud. taping back before we all had D5's and good mics. I have loved this audience recording for almost 30yrs. What a feat! You got it and I love you for it. This captures the boys in a cosmic-western fury that is hard to beat...Such energy. To those that hate the hwo-hwo guy hey I can,t blame him. If I had been there I would have been "hoootin" too! Freak...on. 7/4/05 addendum I don't buy the half step too fast either... now; for the meat of the matter-SHAME ON THE SURVIVING MEMBERS OF THE BAND for their policy regarding existing recordings.If they take this aud(or any other show) off the archive we need to start the revolution the next morning. What a betrayal of the people that stuck with them through thick and thin for so many decades. Should we all burn our tapes of anything that's been commercially released? What was the point of the open taping policy for so many years if it is now conditional upon commercial releases that most of us won't buy and can't afford...Not to mention the fact that we don't want incomplete shows (whenever possible). Now they've got my Irish up.This is not a bunch of assholes crashing the gate, this is the band's strongest and most loyal supporters who are being hurt. People who expended huge amounts of time,energy and money taping ,trading and following the band. I'm appalled and saddened by this policy. Don't even get me going on the JGB stuff.Is anyone in San Rafael listening or sympathetic?
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005
Subject: Love it...
Oh man- this is where it all starts to begin...from here on out Fall 71, Euro 72, 73...Mmmmm. This is where it all begins! Such a shakey year and to have a show so solidified as this. Its only acceptable to have an aud. of this night to share in the same excitement as the crowd.
Nothing can be added to what has been said so far...grab this one, warts and all, and CRANK IT!!!
Sound is actually pretty good considering how old it is and the band is on fire this night!!! Oh, what the hell, (its the 4th after all) Five stars!
Reviewer: St Stephen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2005
Subject: One of the best
This is f*cking fantastic. The sound is excellent, a GREAT blend of the band and the crowd. This feels like you really are there. And the band is ON FIRE. Get this.

I believe some of this show is included on the new Dick's Picks (#35)?
Reviewer: Sacsongs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2005
Subject: Where has this been?
I cannot believe this show on several levels--sound quality is unbelieveable considering what equipment was available at this time. The taper also captured the acoustics of this wonderful hall. The band is on fire on this set. It is also fun getting this great of a recording while capturing the excitement of the audience.

A MUST HAVE SHOW! Ignore your preferences for particular eras of DEAD shows--one of the best.
Reviewer: harold920 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2005
Subject: History of Palladium
For any that are interested, there is a good history of the Hollywood Palladium at

This show rocks!!!
Reviewer: harold920 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2005
Subject: History of Palladium
For any that are interested, there is a good history of the Hollywood Palladium at

This show rocks!!!
Reviewer: redsoxfansince72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2005
Subject: Wow!
What an incredible audience recording - and from 34 years ago! It will be interesting to compare this to DP 35. I must say that I do not think this tape is sped up as a previous reviewer stated - I just don't hear it(no offense). Then again I'm no sound engineer either. Anyway, this show rocks... During Cumberland, Phil just starts going crazy and if you listen closely, he is almost playing the bass line to Caution at one point! SO worth the download, but do it soon. Once DP 35 is released, this will probably be taken down...
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: recording is amazing
this sounds like someone mixed in a bit of crowd with a bid to soundboard? it's unreal, Rumour has it the master has been recovered? good comparison on the harizon!
Reviewer: Jaharphan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2005
Subject: speed?
This show is amazing, the energy and speed just makes you want to drop everything you're doing and sing along, a definite must have. Though 24/192 can't be right on the speed being half step fast that would make Playing in the Band way too slow to start with, all in all one of the best aud recordings ever.
Reviewer: Grapefruit Fred - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2005
Subject: Are you there?
Very little to add that hasn't already been covered. Listening thru head phones with eyes closed it really was as if I were there. My question is where is there? I don't know the size of the venue (fairly small, I'm sure), but this made me feel like I was seeing my favorite band at a local bar or tavern. This just sounds so intimate. It sounds like every one is having a great time. Wish I actually had been there.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2005
Subject: Solid
I enjoy the speed and the energy. It's niiice
Reviewer: 24/192 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2005
Subject: It's great, but it has always been way too fast...
This audience recording is amazing, but I wish it were at real speed. It's more than a half step fast (if memory serves), so there are over 12,000 copies floating around like that -- that's one reason the energy seems so amazing folks. Now that a soundboard of at least part of this show is going to be released (just discovered by Donna Jean) hopefully we'll get to hear at least part of 8/6/71 in proper pitch. Of course, it also means this source may go away...
Reviewer: Jep34 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2005
Subject: Pigpen Rocks
Good concert, I think it is missing some songs though, anyhow, have fun.
Reviewer: nightbirdflyin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: Bills Bodacious
I was compiling Bills Bodacious One when I came across this.
I have 26 shows, and some are better audio quality, but this is the first one that made me hoot! hoot!
Reviewer: BJT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
Subject: Favorite Show
This is my favorite show of all times. F..cking sick! HTH, Truckin, Jerry even rips on Bobby McGee. This is the one I go back to time and time again.
Reviewer: BJT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
Subject: Favorite Show
This is my favorite show of all times. F..cking sick! HTH, Truckin, Jerry even rips on Bobby McGee. This is the one I go back to time and time again.
Reviewer: deaddad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2005
Subject: Pigpen's Day
An audience source, but still excellent. All the shows from this run at the Hollywood Palladium are worth having, however, if you can only get one, then this is it. This is my favorite version of Hard to Handle- it's the version from The Phil Zone. The jam in the middle was flirted with quite often in this era, but this version fulfilled all expectations. I have few regrets about the Dead, but one is not seeing Pig in his prime, and this show has it. Then, there's jam in the middle. The minor key chord progression makes this swing all the harder. Cool western-outlaw flavor. Untouchable intensity. Givin' this set a five.
Reviewer: deaddad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2005
Subject: Pigpen's Day
An audience source, but still excellent. All the shows from this run at the Hollywood Palladium are worth having, however, if you can only get one, then this is it. This is my favorite version of Hard to Handle- it's the version from The Phil Zone. The jam in the middle was flirted with quite often in this era, but this version fulfilled all expectations. I have few regrets about the Dead, but one is not seeing Pig in his prime, and this show has it. Then, there's jam in the middle. The minor key chord progression makes this swing all the harder. Cool western-outlaw flavor. Untouchable intensity. Givin' this set a five.
Reviewer: deaddad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2005
Subject: Pigpen's Day
An audience source, but still excellent. All the shows from this run at the Hollywood Palladium are worth having, however, if you can only get one, then this is it. This is my favorite version of Hard to Handle- it's the version from The Phil Zone. The jam in the middle was flirted with quite often in this era, but this version fulfilled all expectations. I have few regrets about the Dead, but one is not seeing Pig in his prime, and this show has it. Then, there's jam in the middle. The minor key chord progression makes this swing all the harder. Cool western-outlaw flavor. Untouchable intensity. Givin' this set a five.
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2005
Subject: Brokedown My Heart
Breathtaking Brokedown. Sigh!
Reviewer: rromeo923 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2005
Subject: Nice
Very Nice!!!
Chooba Chooba!!!!
Reviewer: BustedFlat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2005
Subject: yes yes
Just a stunning performance. The energy is palpable. The quality of this 34-year-old AUD is superb. A must have!
Reviewer: SUPERWOW - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Thats my name, but is also the name of this because it sounds great considering the source. Before I was born as well, but I love the sound and the set!
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2005
Subject: SHED A TEAR!!!
Reviewer: Nicolas Rolin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2005
Subject: I was there 34 years ago...
....a callow 21-year-old only four months back from two years in Hong Kong where I had dodged the draft as a Mormon missionary (!!!). I had seen the boys maybe one other time before ('68 or '69 at the Shrine with Spirit and Country Joe) and just hadn't "gotten it."

This show changed all that, big time. An utterly incendiary performance that seemd to channel all the forces in the universe simultaneously. It was at once ecstatic, sinister, joyful, dark, and simply bursting with a sense of possibility and freedom. It had a profound trasformational effect on me personally, and was perhaps the catalyst that enabled me to break free from the strictures of my straight-laced Mormon upbringing and to pursue *MY* notions of a self-actualized life....

I digress. Yes, the "Hard to Handle" may be the best ever, but the whole second set was just unfuckingbelieveable. I've lost the reel-to-reel I played to death through the '70s, so this download is a godsend. THANKS!
Reviewer: grease - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Nothin more to add....but
Everyone of these reveiews are dead on. Amasing show. Just ridiculous crowd recording from 34 yeaars ago. And what a freakin night. This download will leave yer feet smokin cuz' they're settin em on fire.
Reviewer: grease - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Nothin more to add....but
Everyone of these reveiews are dead on. Amasing show. Just ridiculous crowd recording from 34 yeaars ago. And what a freakin night. This download will leave yer feet smokin cuz' they're settin em on fire.
Reviewer: Ben C - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2005
Subject: Sounds great!!
I can't believe this is an audience tape from 30+ years ago!! Mad props to the man Rob B. from years ago, pulling sickies before I was even born! :-)
Reviewer: oceantree - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2005
Subject: incredible AUD
Everything below about sound quality is accurate- this sounds great. However, I disagree w/ the assertion that the Hard to Handle is the best ever, even in the face of unison...check out 3-24-71, the HTH on that disc is devastating, searing... better than this one, IMO- that said, this whole show is glorious...
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2005
Subject: TOP 10
After hearing hard to handle which is without a doubt the best they ever did. I would also make the same argument for Lovelight. Pig is absolutely posessed and filled with V8 diesel powered mojo - this is an incandescent performance by all.

Cumberland and Playin are great Mr Charlie one of the best but the Truckin>Other One>Me and My Uncle>Other One give you a taste of whats to come the following spring in Europe and is now one my personal favorites being a huge other one fan.

If you look at some of the comments folks have made abt not liking audiences and the like how can you not enjoy being neck deep in this sea of psychedilia. This performance is off the charts!!! Enjoy brothers and sisters and if you are looking for a love in the afternoon tape just play this over and over...
Reviewer: spanish jam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2005
Subject: liquid eye drop
no words in any language can truly descride how great hard to handle is here .. with a caboose like riff over drive.

the finest hard to handle ???? maybe !! its mine .. thank you dead heads who put all this fine stuff up here .. i saw the dead 50 plus times from 72-76 and that's it .. i hail from the brooklyn crowd
and sadly i was so wasted i remember very little of any show thank god for this gift here .. of note the boys were never happy about tapers way back then ...........
i am sure there are dozens of fine pre midi shows ..
this one is a top 5 for me ... oh oh here comes a uncle / other one sandwhich ......
do not leave this site until you down load this gem
ok ok
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: You can feel it!!!
If you crank the lows you'd swear the the floor was moving.

Jerry's outro of the lead in Handle is can just hear the crowd go nuts when Jerry's knees hit the floor.

We can actually picture this in our collective minds easily 'cause of the best AUD...and audience ever!!!!

Thank the Lord for the Archive!!!
Reviewer: Polka - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2005
Subject: Batting Average = 100%
Everyone who visits this page needs to download my favorite '71 show.

Loser smokes! Brokedown is gritty, and HTH is another gutpunch! Dew is the glory here. Nice and worked out.

Sound A-
Show A
Reviewer: Tripps86 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2005
Subject: Oh my good Lord!
I have never heard a "Hard to Handle" quite like the one in this amazing show. In my opinion, this beats even the versions from 4/28 and 4/29/70. Jerry's playing during that solo brought me to a completely new level. He is, undoubtedly, the greatest guitar player in history.
Great show on so many different levels. Simply outstanding!
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: Yeah, What they said...
I am not a big Aud fan...and I LOVE this! So good... 4/29/71 has always been my fav recording from this year...until now. I love when Bobby talks to the taper...

Pick this one up.
Reviewer: Aiko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2005
Subject: Holy F**CK
What a great show. Hard to Handle, epic. Every note on every song is on. Its rare nowadays that I get chills from listening to shows...but this one did it. ITS A MUST HAVE
Reviewer: JellsOne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2004
Subject: No Way !!!!!
I am a new user to the archive.. This is one of my favorite shows of all time! I have had it on a TDK AD cassette since about 1980, it is worn thin and I am VERY pumped ot be hear and download this much better digital quality! Hey you down there with the microphone...! Every song is over the top! Thanks Archive!
Reviewer: AugustNine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2004
Subject: Still Shaking...
Good luck falling asleep after listening to this show, your adrenaline will be coursing through your body for hours following this exceptional Grateful Dead experience.

From the Bertha straight to the Lovelight, there is not a bland moment in any song. I agree that it is unbelievable how amazing the sound quality is, which is all the more reason to get this classic show.
Reviewer: dedulbs28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2004
Subject: Fire it up
The show just lifts off during the Hard to Handle. The climax of Jerry's solo blew me out of my chair! The combination of the great quality of the jam and the recording add up to one of my favorite shows that I have. There were numerous stand out shows of '71, but this is a MUST have show! Download this if you dont already have it.
Reviewer: spak - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2004
Subject: NRPS available too...
Nothing to add that hasn't already been written, the tapes speak for themselves... one of the best sounding AUD recordings in my collection. The same tapers also captured the New Riders set (with Jerry on soaring Pedal Steel) this night (and 8/05), and it's available on the archive HERE
Reviewer: Honest Injun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Woo woo
Yes this it the Fallout from the Phil Zone Hard To Handle and I actually prefer the sound quality of this source to that release. This one is a little brighter. What a climax. It's up there with the jam at the end of the Playin' from 5/26/72 as one of my favorite Dead peaks of all time.

Listen carefully for Bobby's short Weather Report tease when they go back into the Other One after Uncle.

My only knock of this show is the "woo woo" guy who won't stop wooing all through the show, especially during Casey Jones where he woo woos at the end of every single line Jerry sings. It's stuff like that that makes me prefer soundboards. I'm all for enthusiasm, just not too close to the taper's mics.
Reviewer: HippyJameZ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Hard To Handle....
If i'm not mistaken, this show has the legendary Hard To Handle that appears on Deadhead's Taper Compendium claims that Jerry fell to his knees during the peak of the jam...FAR OUT or what??
Reviewer: KellertheGreat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2004
Subject: Wow
I can really feel the energy coming from this show right from the start. I dont give out 5's for just anything, but this one is definitly something special, right from the start with a great version of Bertha. The Hard to Handle is unbelievable. Its hard to understand how a taping from 30+ years ago can sound so good. Download this now.
Reviewer: tropoblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2004
Subject: hollywood heat wave
I remember it like it was yesterday! Because I have had the tapes since one week after the show. I was standing right beside the source. After this show I had to try for a copy. He gave me a phone number which I called three days later, and three days after that and $13.00 later I had two reels of this show which should be in everybody's top three. It was over 100 in LA that day and at least that inside the Palladium. After St. Stephen, Jerry Bob and Phil all walked to their mikes and said something of which nothing is legible. Perfect chemistry that night. Definitely the best I ever saw! ENJOY!!!
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2004
Subject: Best AUD tape ever?!?!?!?!?!?!
This recording is one of the best AUD tapes ever recorded, IMO. I've heard AUD tapes of DMB shows, and those can't touch this one! In 84, the Dead created a taper's section but Deadheads still couldn't hope to get such a good sound as this, even 13 years later. This could be released as a DP and would have acceptable quality for that type of release.
Anyway, the performance also is excellent. 1st set decent, but just a warm-up for the 2nd. The Truckin>Drums>Other One>M&MU>Other One is transportative as hell and must have been a blast to see in person...but the recording is so good that if you put it on a good stereo system and cranked it, it would be just like being there. Get it at all costs.
Reviewer: Uffel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2004
Subject: Essential Rock'n'Roll!
This is my all-time favourite audience recording, and one of my absolute Dead-favourites. The band is on fire, storming through two sets of classics with incredible energy. Just listen to the transition from The Other One into Me & My Uncle, just magic. The sound is fantastic, you wouldn't believe this is an audience recording from 1971! This is an essential piece of rock'n'roll, download highly recommended. If I had to give away all my Dead stuff but one show this is the one I'd keep.
Also check out the New Riders set from the same date, which is also available in the Archive, pretty hot either.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2004
Subject: Top Ten!!
I don't usually bother with audience shows, but my God what a show this is. What a crime that no SBD exists? But this tape is SO good, you don't care. What kind of taping equipment did this guy have in 1971? This sounds better than most AUD 1980's shows I've heard!! A fairly short show, but good things come in small packages. Every song is played with high energy and conviction.The Hard to Handle is legendary, the Cumberland is bluegrass on acid, and the Brokedown is stellar. But the St. Stephen, Truckin>Other One jam is just unbelieveable. And the Morning Dew and Lovelight are icing on the cake. A jam packed little show that will change your opinion of AUD tapes. A must have for 1971. I hesitate to give 5 stars to an AUD show, but read what Mr. Latvala says about this show in Deadbase.Helpful hint-adjust your EQ on your stereo a little, boost the bass, light a bowl of Cheerios and you'll enjoy this just as much as any SBD show from 1971!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: heinekenjeff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2004
Subject: 8-6-71
If your looking for a show to boost your energy, look no furthur. Hard to Handle... rocks!! As does the entire show.Audience tape sounds awesome. Hearing the audience adds something to it IMHO. Thank you for making this show available.
Reviewer: heap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2004
Subject: Hard to Handle
one of the absolute 'must-haves'. this recording defined what an audience recording should be in my mind for many many years...its still amazing that Bertrando got that much of a sweetspot sound out of 1971 equipment. the audience sound is an absolute bonus to this recording instead of a detriment.
and i really can't say anything about this show without mentioning the absolute monster of a "Hard to Handle"...from the opening notes accompanied by the audience stomping out the beat with Billy, to Pig setting Jerry loose with a request to 'play yo' guitar' some of the absolute sweetest riffs i've ever heard make their way into this tune, this is the Gratefuld Dead sonic beasty snorting fire and brimstone at its very level best
Reviewer: Susep - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2004
Subject: Incredible
This The Other One suite is the best my ears have heard save a few from '72. The music in this segment boils with psychadelic energy. The Dead lived in nearby Watts during their early years of woodshedding and loved lighting up the L.A. sky with their explosive brand of musical shamanism.
Reviewer: J. Jonah Jameson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2004
Subject: Incredible
Rob Bertrando is one of the legendary, pioneering tapers, and you'll hear why if you listen to this. This is a smoking hot show from 1971, which was a tumultuous year without a real set touring schedule. They played this show (along with the night before) at the Palladium and just blew the roof off. Pig is great on this one, sad to think of what happened so soon afterwards. And listen for the "Weather Report Suite" tease late during the Space Jam after "The Other One." A very hot show, a very hot AUD, a very unique snapshot of Grateful Dead history. A must have recording. Essential.
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